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A lot has changed about job searches during the past decade. Numerous job-hunting and resume websites allow you to upload resumes and apply virtually for new jobs. Social media helps you form a network anywhere in the world. And many companies want to support veterans by assisting in the hiring process.
One of my old bosses was smart about his Army exit. He used the days between transitioning his duties to his replacement and signing out on terminal leave to beef up his resume. Instead of whiling away the remaining days surfing YouTube or disappearing for three hour lunches, he stuck around the office ready to answer any question his boss or replacement needed and diligently worked away at online classes. While you might not be in the same situation as him — trapped in an office with fast internet — it doesn’t hurt to use some of your remaining time productively.
When it comes to transitioning out of the military and into the private sector, combat veterans possess a wealth of knowledge and battlefield experience that separates them from their civilian peers. Unfortunately, sometimes that’s not enough on its own You have to be able to express it in a way your civilian peers will understand.
Resume writing can feel like a chore and let’s be fair, it is, but it’s also essential if you ever want to escape the unpleasant and often degrading rat race that is the job hunt.
It’s finally done. After several hours of hard work, you look over your perfectly organized, spell-checked, and heavily edited resume, taking pride in your accomplishments laid out in striking black and white.
So you’re leaving the military and applying to civilian jobs. You’ve had an interesting and fulfilling career and are struggling to “translate” your work into succinct bullets that will show hiring managers you’re a great candidate for the job. The first thing to remember that the purpose of the resume is not to get you a job; it is to demonstrate the experience that makes you a viable candidate in the civilian world and worthy of a job interview. In order to write a clear and concise resume, there are three tips to focus on: